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    Frank W. Godsey Jr., 94, former ECI executive, patent holder

    By CRAIG BASSE

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 27, 2001


    GULFPORT -- Frank W. Godsey Jr., a retired top executive of Electronic Communications Inc., the first major space-age manufacturer to make its headquarters in St. Petersburg, has died at 94.

    Mr. Godsey, a former president of the Science Center of Pinellas County and the Suncoast Chapter of the American Heart Association, died Sunday (March 25, 2001) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, South Pasadena.

    A year after becoming president and vice chairman of ECI, one of the nation's oldest manufacturers of aviation products, he oversaw its move in 1957 from New Jersey. Four years later, he resigned from ECI, now a subsidiary of Raytheon, to join Baltimore Contractors, a general contracting business.

    Mr. Godsey, who held 100 patents in fields that included radio aviation and undersea warfare, later became a consultant to James E. Webb, administrator of NASA.

    Frank Waldman Godsey was born in Beaumont, Texas, and graduated from Rice University with degrees in electrical engineering.

    He worked for Safety Car Co. and Sprague Electric Co. in New England and was a vice president and manager of Baltimore divisions of Westinghouse Electric Co.

    Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Anita K.; two sons, Frank W. III, Waco, Texas, and William J., St. Petersburg; two daughters, Anne Stinnett, Sarasota, and Sally Goshen, St. Petersburg; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

    Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, 635 Fourth St. N.

    Funeral services and burial will be private.

    The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 9900 Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, or the Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710.

    - Information from Times files was used in this obituary.

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